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  •  holy crap, indeed! (3+ / 0-)

    and the fact is hiking the Grand Canyon is about "time" not "distance," because you want to move according to time and less worry about how far it is to the next bend. Hiking can also be more deceptive here than most other places I have hiked (including Denali). I take it you took the spur leading off from the Tipoff (So. Kaibab trail) and didn't go all the way to the river??? Another great and grand hike is the rim-to-rim. Takes about 4 or 5 days at a fairly leisurely pace. Oh, and the views on the South Kaibab are exhilarating because you're following a "ridge line" as opposed to a drainage (such as the BA). Hence, the canyon opens up wide and far in the former. Thanks for posting your memories and canyon trail-tramping experiences, bluemoonfever.

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    by richholtzin on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 04:23:54 PM PDT

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    •  We hiked down... (4+ / 0-)

      the Kaibab to the Ranch. Before getting there, my friend and I had to go ahead to see about getting a mule for my sister. We had brought food for about 3-4 days (freeze dried? what's that?).
      It took quite a few years for my Mom to forgive my Father for almost losing her two kids.

      •   a tale often told. . . (5+ / 0-)

        bluemoonfever, and it will continue to be told. That's a rough, tough hike for folks who are not used to canyon trekking. That may have been quite a time ago, I suspect, because mules cannot be used for rescue-out ops any more. I take it your sis got the mule, at least. Oh and let me tell you something you might find funny. Sylvester Stallone hiked down to P Ranch some years ago and couldn't get out on his own. No kidding! The NPS did him a rare favor by flying him out on the chopper. No kidding. He had the pull to do it but not the push to get the hell up the trail. (The NPS frowns on that sort of thing, too, but what are you going to do with a big-time movie legend, eh?)

        Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

        by richholtzin on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 05:23:13 PM PDT

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        •  I hope he paid $$$$ (1+ / 0-)
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          for the chopper ride.

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          by savano66 on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 06:34:05 PM PDT

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          •  ah yes, there is that. . . (3+ / 0-)

            I have heard rumors he actually bribed someone for the ride. All I know is that story has been circulating for a long time. In Sly's defense, however, the man isn't all that tall, but he is stocky and muscle bound, meaning it's like toting dead weight. Looks good to the girls, I guess, but all in all there's not too much stamina for muscle builder types; just a lot of mega strength, so don't mess with 'em. (By the way, his latest "Rambo" was quite a good flick and success; so was his "Copland.")

            Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

            by richholtzin on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 07:19:28 PM PDT

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        •  My dad... (2+ / 0-)
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          career military, D-day glider pilot, etc.,etc. said it was the toughest hike he'd ever experienced.

          •  I would've loved to have met your dad! (3+ / 0-)

            I mean, WOW . . D-day glider pilot. You're talking about huge hutzpah all the way around. And, yes, I have so often heard people tell me any trail in the Grand Canyon is memorable, meaning well earned. The backcountry is especially this way, and the primitive bush whacking trails. . .well, let's just say, Good luck finding a route. (Hence, topo map and compass skills, a must). My respects to your pop for his service. (I was submarine service, myself, so all we had to worry about was Moby Dick ramming us. Or something.)

            Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

            by richholtzin on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 07:17:06 PM PDT

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